began with united states was somewhat taken aback and shocked iran received a last-minute invitation to attend these talks. i ran a very strong backer of the regime of bashar al-assad in syria. the syrian opposition came out and said, hey, look, we're not owing to turn up if the iranians turnout. eventually, ban ki-moon withdrew the invitation to the iranians, saying it refused or reneged on promises to abide by the terms of the so-called geneva 1 conference, which called for a new government in syria to be agreed on by mutual consent. the iranians are saying, look, we never agreed to any conditions, but this is somewhat inauspicious start to this peace conference will stop it was almost over before it began. it will go ahead.